March 28, 2018 - Laura Crawford is Adventure Cycling's U.S. Bicycle Route Coordinator
Spring is officially here! And with milder weather comes the anticipation of new routes in the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS). While new routes won’t be officially designated until the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) meeting in late May, we have been eagerly tracking several states that are close to finalizing routes. Read on for three states to watch.
“The USBRS will have a positive impact, not only to our residents, but to our bicycling visitors from around the world.” –Jamie Borino, Nevada DOT
Until recently, the West has been greatly under-represented on the map of designated U.S. Bicycle Routes. But that is starting to change! Alongside the work that’s happening in California, our partners at the Nevada Department of Transportation are making great strides toward designating their routes. We’re definitely looking forward to cycling across Nevada’s unique landscapes!
Ever since Adventure Cycling finished mapping Bicycle Route 66, a dedicated team has been hard at work securing the necessary agreements to officially designate U.S. Bicycle Route 66. Drawing from the transportation, tourism, and bike advocacy worlds, this team has seen their successes reported by several local news outlets — and their enthusiasm may even be spreading to neighboring states who share the historic Route 66 heritage.
Supporters of Bicycle Route 66, which will soon start being designated as U.S. Bicycle Route 66 (USBR 66)
“The U.S. Bicycle Route System will connect communities across the nation and open the doors to many small towns and businesses that could have otherwise been easily bypassed by highways.” –Caraline Griffith, Ohio DOT
News of Ohio’s work on bicycle routes is also starting to trickle out as the state nears completion of an ambitious project to dedicate not just their U.S. Bicycle Routes, but a number of state bicycle routes as well. We often talk about the USBRS being the spine that connects one local bike network to another, and this will definitely be the case in Ohio.
We’re excited about all the work that’s currently being done on the ground in states across the country — and we hope you are too! Stay tuned for more information about new designations over the next several weeks.
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Top photo Jordan Hart | Photo 2 Diane Banta